By John Burnham Schwartz
Whilst Alec Stern arrives in Japan, he discovers a land of chance. for under in Tokyo may well an impressionable younger guy clean out of faculty locate, in a single stroke, a brand new activity, a brand new kin, and a society that lavishes cognizance on Japanese-speaking gaijin. but, while Alec claims a spot during this new global, he's haunted by way of stories of the only he left behind—a international as soon as infinitely safe yet which disintegrated with the breakup of his mom and dad' marriage.In this incandescently saw novel, John Burnham Schwartz introduces readers to at least one of the main beautiful protagonists in modern fiction whereas mesmerizing them with the fervour of his eye and the aptness of his voice. via its exquisitely rendered scenes—a fishing journey of Zen-like serenity; an evening at a intercourse membership the place guffawing businessmen dive into the action—and vividly imagined characters—the giggling mom who taught Alec to trip a bicycle; the attractive unhappy jap girl who teaches him tips on how to love—Bicycle Days surprises, strikes, and enlightens us as only a few books do.
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It was sweet the way the others had been sweet, no bitterness at all, and he wanted to close his eyes for just a second, so he could be alone. “It is good,” Mr. Hasegawa said. “Eh, Alec-san? Number one. ” Alec nodded his head. His eyes moved to the television. The zebras were gone, displaced by chimpanzees picking lice from each other’s heads. “Eh! ” Hiroshi said, pointing. ” Alec laughed along with everyone else, until he could no longer taste the grapefruit’s sweetness on his tongue. BRISTLES Alec stared through the tinted windows of the Hasegawas’ indigo Mercedes sedan, feeling victimized by fate.
He struggled harder, until he was standing next to her. Then they were in the car, jammed together in the stifling air. Unlike the bus, there was no air-conditioning, only fans spaced just far enough apart to be ineffective. The wave of people stopped for a moment, and Alec tried to create a little space for himself, only to be knocked deeper into the car as the white-gloved attendants made their final push. The doors slid closed, the train jolted into motion. ” Mari said in excellent English. “I have been there many times with my husband.
He decided to forget about his teeth and concentrate on his lungs; noise would only come with power. The soba stood suspended from his chopsticks, hesitant, like a snake charmer’s rope. Takahara looked up from the remains of his food when he heard the sounds coming from Alec’s mouth and gave a faint grunt of approval. On the way back to the office, Takahara grew talkative. He complained that being put in the same office with Kawashima, a woman, would make his rise to the top of Compucom more difficult.